‘There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.’
• Aldo Leopold
Spent my day here yesterday.
Finally feeling at home again.
Day 236: At this time of year this area is probably buried under 5 meters of snow, but in the summer the trail up to Hidden Lake highlights the ruggedness of the mountains here. The trail is about 8 miles round trip as you climb 3300 ft up to an old fire lookout at almost 7,000 ft above sea level. The lookout, perched on the top of a spire of shale and other rocks gives a panoramic view from the Coast Mountains of British Columbia down to the central Washington cascades. The lookout is now available for first come first serve camping and you can sleep in this old cabin as the Northern Washington wind whips around you.
#washington #hiking #nothcascades #pacificnw #isolated #rugged #dayhike #hiddenlake #firelookout #summer #photooftheday #photoaday
"I didn't find fulfillment at the summit. I found it every step of the way, because when you're following the path that's right for you, the journey itself becomes the reward." A good friend sent me an article yesterday with this quote in it and I connect with it so much. This is such a good translation for goals in the outdoors, but also life in general.
Backyard hike with a view con mi amigo Ro.
Moonrise above Picket Range. Seen from summit of Ruth Mountain. #nothcascades
"Listen-- are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?" - M. Oliver #awakenyoursoul
photo by @bdorts
Some superdopealishious altocumulus clouds in the north cascades.
Out here nothing else matters.
Getting out for some early skiing behind the Early Winter Spires. @matthewrothlisberger
moves uphill through the larches as we make our way toward blue col.
The early season uphill grind payed off with a couple of nice turns. It's the most wonderful time of year!
They don't call it a mountain pie for nothing 🗻